About Youth and Family Services | YMCA DC

About Youth and Family Services

YMCA Youth & Family Services (YFS) is the community-based, comprehensive social services branch of the YMCA Metropolitan Washington.  YFS provides school and community-based prevention and early intervention services to at-risk and under-served youth and families throughout Montgomery County. YFS programs address basic social-service needs, teach fundamental life skills and assist participants in making healthy choices. 

Programs offered by YMCA Youth & Family Services are primarily funded through Montgomery County DHHS. 


Youth Development 

  • Benchmarks – Homework assistance, enrichment activities, life skills development 
  • HOME –  community activities including sports mentoring, family fun trips, youth leadership groups 
  • Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace Community Center (CAQT) – community center for K-8th graders 


  • YouthLinks & Inspiring Futures – mentoring for youth 5-15 in foster/kinship care or at risk of out-of-home placement 

Intervention & Prevention 

  • Interagency Family Preservation Services (IFPS) – intensive in-home case management for families to preserve the family unit 
  • Family Strengthening Intervention and Prevention Pilot – youth mentoring, parenting mentoring, mental health resources, community connections, natural supports, professional support for families impacted by violence 
  • School and Community-based Youth Services (SCYS)/Bridges To Wellness (BTW) – School-based mental health and wellness promotion, prevention and intervention services 
  • Linkages to Learning (LTL) – family case management services, community education, community development, and child and family behavioral  and mental health services 


YFS Strengthens Community through it’s programs, with services providing: 

  • Mental & Behavioral Health Services 
  • Case Management 
  • Connection to Community Resources 
  • Mentoring 
  • Educational Enrichment 
  • Intervention Services